We have been developing the project for the last three years and were very grateful to receive funding from The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Sustainable Development Fund which enabled us to complete all the necessary investigations into exactly what can be done and how. We have permissions from Historic England and RSPB to go ahead as well as all the technical specifications drawn up for the essential building preparation, the installation process and for the glass itself. We have formed a steering group which meets monthly and are very happy to have two fundraisers on the team. (It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, that hundreds of hours have been given “in kind” by all those involved.)
Thanks to all the funding which has been received and awarded so far work begins summer 2019. The builders will start preparing the chapel in September and the artwork, which will take months to complete, is likely to be finished early in the new year. May 2020 is set to be the date of the installation which will launch our programme of activites, beginning with an opening event. Visit the website for information nearer the time.
Arabella has worked with glass since 2001, having a background in Fine Art, attending Central St Martin and Maidstone School of Art. Her work explores the nature of things and how life expresses itself in form. Her studio, first opened in 2003, has enabled her to establish a creative hub with talks, exhibitions and classes. Having created pieces for various outdoor locations e.g. Dartmoor National park, private gardens and Norfolk wetlands, she has developed a strong technical understanding of the requirements of glass in an outdoor setting. Arabella has led the development of the project in partnership with RSPB Minsmere and has the necessary permissions in place as well as a range of other partners who will encourage public engagement and debate.